10 June 2009

Manohara Odelia Pinot -- Part V -- The Criminal Complaint


The show must go on!

I am not sure that I can make a living out of writing about the comings and goings in the Manohara vs. The Prince case, but it is never short of interesting angles to pursue in the name of justice.

Besides for me the case has just become way more interesting that I know Hotman Paris Hutapea is acting as Manohara's counsel / lawyer. Hotman is one of those lawyers people tend to love or hate. My personal opinion is that he is a fine lawyer and if you have a procedural law problem in a civil law jurisdiction then he is an excellent choice. However, that is it for the free plugs for Hotman.

Besides there are plenty of lawyers who represent celebrities about Jakarta town but there are not many lawyers who are celebrities in their own right. Interestingly, Manohara has two on her case in Hotman and Farhat Abbas. So, there are angles to be explored on that front parallel to the abuse and torture case in which Manohara is alleged to have suffered.

The risk when Hotman is on board in a celebrity matter is that it can become a bit of a circus where the media attention is equally or more important than the actual legal result being sort. Manohara in the company of her layers, at least Hotman, filed a complaint with the Indonesian police on Tuesday (09/06) seeking to have her husband, Tengku Temenggong Mohammad Fakhrya (a Prince from Kelantan State in Malaysia) charged with abusing, raping, and kidnapping her.

The prince is not alone in the complaint as he has been named with seven others. The seven are: Sultan Ismail Petra, Tengku Anis Binti Tengku Abdul Hamid, Captain Zakaria Saleh, Azhari, Muhammad Sobri and his wife, and Ichsan. Hotman has a penchant for grandstanding when it comes to drumming up interest in a particular matter.

So, it goes without saying that he would be telling the assembled journalist how the eight would be dealt with in Indonesia. This treatment would supposedly see each of the individuals named in the criminal complaint jailed for up to 70 years if convicted in an Indonesian court.

The only problem with this is that the crimes occurred in Malaysia and by all accounts need to be tried in Malaysia. Hotman, though, is of the opinion that all eight can be successfully prosecuted under Indonesian law and as such has not bothered to file a criminal complaint in Malaysia. As a lawyer seeking justice for a client, I would want to be covering all available bases and would be filing a criminal complaint in Malaysia irrespective of whether I believed that there was any serious prospects for success.

It is worth noting that there is an extradition treaty in place. Unfortunately, the extradition treaty would seem to preclude crimes committed in Malaysia from being tried in Indonesia. Hence, there is probably good reason to, at least, file a criminal complaint in Malaysia on Manohara's behalf.

According to Hotman the evidence that Manohara is going to present is her body. Apparently, this is sufficient to show how she was "treated" (abused and raped). As I have posted in the previous incarnations of this series of "personal views", the documenting of the injuries and trauma suffered are only half the journey. A successful prosecution will require Hotman and his team to prove that the documented injuries were inflicted by those named in the criminal complaint.

The forensic examination of the alleged abuse has been undertaken at the Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital. This is a good hospital and they are not likely to be subject to any charges of embellishing the forensic examination results. I would be comfortable accepting that the documented injuries and trauma noted in this examination being an accurate reflection of the injuries and trauma present. Once again, this still needs to be attributed to those individuals noted in the criminal complaint.

At the moment much of this case is "she said, he said", although the Prince is not saying all that much at the moment. As I have been saying all along, this is an interesting case. It is not interesting for any ramifications that it supposedly has for bilateral relations between Indonesia and Malaysia, but rather for the interesting legal dilemmas that it gives rise to.

The show must go on. So, this means that there will undoubtedly be a Manohara Odelia Pinot -- Part VI.

12 comments:

treespotter said...

i was interested in the other lawyers. OC Kaligis took her case and then went on record dissing his own client, how's that even acceptable?? Arent there some ethics stuff about it?

Rob Baiton said...

Tree...

Still up and at 'em? Hope all went well today.

Nah, I have a problem with lawyers who bail on a client and then diss on the client.

That said, I am not holding OC Kaligis to a higher standard than Todung Mulya Lubis though. Todung did exactly the same thing but on the other side of this case.

Todung bailed on the Prince and then bagged him pretty bad in the local Indonesian press. My guess is Todung wanted to settle and the prince told him that settling was not an option.

I wrote about the Todung bail out in an earlier Mano post and had some veiled criticisms about what he did...I guess I won't be getting a lawyer job back in Indonesia any time soon :D

treespotter said...

well, exactly. Todung was at least retained for a while by the Prince. OC volunteered, used up the airtime, turn 180 on his own client and dissed her. As you pointed out, shameless, both of them.

Are there any ethics guidelines that rule on this sort of stuff?

Rob Baiton said...

Tree...

I think there are. But, I would have to re-look at the Peradi code of ethics to be sure. It has been a good while since I read them and I have read lots of other stuff in between.

I think it is called getting old...I forget stuff now ;)

Roronoa Zoro said...

dy cantik,,apa dy berbohong atas semua ceritanya??
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Rob Baiton said...

Roronoa Zoro...

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

I guess "cantik" is in the eye of the beholder and is relative.

Is she lying about the whole thing? I don't know. It is at the moment a "she said, he said" case.

Most of her injuries are consistent with abuse. However, they could also have been self-inflicted. There are plenty of unhappy young women and men who practice self-mutilation, like slashing themselves with a razor.

A trial would be interesting.

SUKARNO is HITLER said...

Indonesial National Anthem

Indonesial tanah Cairku
Tanah tumpah muntahku
Disanalah aku merangkak hina
Jadi kubur

Indonesial negara miskin ku
Bangsa Busuk dan Tanah Miskinku
Marilah kita semua tidur
Indonesial negara miskinku

Mati lah tanahku
Modar lah negriku
Bangsaku Rakyatku semuanya
Miskin lah jiwanya
Tidurlah badannya
Untuk Indonesial Miskin

Indonesial Miskin
Mampous Modar
Datang kerja Malaysia
Tapi TKI Jadi perampok
Rompak Malaysia bawa wang ke Indon

Indonesial Pendatang Haram
Miskin lah Miskin lah
Datang Haram ke Malaysia
Tiada paspor
Bila kena tangkap dan hantar balik
Kata nya malaysia jahat

Indonesial Negara Perampok
Indonesial Menghantar perampok maling
pekerja TKI Indonesial
hantaq pi Malaysia

Indonesial Maling
Merampok lagu Malaysia
Mengatakan itu lagu mereka

Indonesial Tanah yang hina
Tanah gersang yang miskin
Di sanalah aku miskin Untuk slama-lamanya
Indonesial Tanah puaka
Puaka Hantu Kita semuanya
Negara luas hasil bumi banyak tapi miskin
Datang minta sedekah di Malaysia
Marilah kita mendoa Indonesial brengset

Gersang lah Tanahnya mundurlah jiwanya
Bangsanya Rakyatnya semuanya
Tidurlah hatinya Mimpilah budinya
Untuk Indonesial Miskin

Indonesial Tanah yang kotor Tanah kita yang Malang
Disanalah aku tidur selamanya bermimpi sampai mati
Indonesial! Tanah Malang Tanah yang aku sendiri benci
Marilah kita berjanji Indonesial miskin

Mati lah Rakyatnya Modar lah putranya
Negara Miskin Tentera Coma pakai Basikal
Miskinlah Negrinya Mundur lah Negara nya
Untuk Indonesial kurap

http://indonesiasukarno.blogspot.com/

http://www.penipuan-jawa.blogspot.com/

Rob Baiton said...

Soekarno is Hitler...

Normally, I start with "thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment". I do appreciate comments.

I get a sense that you are not a fan of Indonesia or her history. I am loathe to censor comments, although this one might qualify in the context of the two blogs that you have attached as links.

Nevertheless, if any of my Indonesian readers are keen to reply then I will leave your "new Indonesian National Anthem" for them to respond to.

Have a nice day.

salehbaik said...

http://indonesiasukarnoblogspot.com/

Indonesial National Anthem

Indonesial tanah Cairku
Tanah tumpah muntahku
Disanalah aku merangkak hina
Jadi kubur

Indonesial negara miskin ku
Bangsa Busuk dan Tanah Miskinku
Marilah kita semua tidur
Indonesial negara miskinku

Mati lah tanahku
Modar lah negriku
Bangsaku Rakyatku semuanya
Miskin lah jiwanya
Tidurlah badannya
Untuk Indonesial Miskin

Indonesial Miskin
Mampous Modar
Datang kerja Malaysia
Tapi TKI Jadi perampok
Rompak Malaysia bawa wang ke Indon

Indonesial Pendatang Haram
Miskin lah Miskin lah
Datang Haram ke Malaysia
Tiada paspor
Bila kena tangkap dan hantar balik
Kata nya malaysia jahat

Indonesial Negara Perampok
Indonesial Menghantar perampok maling
pekerja TKI Indonesial
hantaq pi Malaysia

Indonesial Maling
Merampok lagu Malaysia
Mengatakan itu lagu mereka

Indonesial Tanah yang hina
Tanah gersang yang miskin
Di sanalah aku miskin Untuk slama-lamanya
Indonesial Tanah puaka
Puaka Hantu Kita semuanya
Negara luas hasil bumi banyak tapi miskin
Datang minta sedekah di Malaysia
Marilah kita mendoa Indonesial brengset

Gersang lah Tanahnya mundurlah jiwanya
Bangsanya Rakyatnya semuanya
Tidurlah hatinya Mimpilah budinya
Untuk Indonesial Miskin

Indonesial Tanah yang kotor Tanah kita yang Malang
Disanalah aku tidur selamanya bermimpi sampai mati
Indonesial! Tanah Malang Tanah yang aku sendiri benci
Marilah kita berjanji Indonesial miskin

Mati lah Rakyatnya Modar lah putranya
Negara Miskin Tentera Coma pakai Basikal
Miskinlah Negrinya Mundur lah Negara nya
Untuk Indonesial kurap

http://indonesiasukarnoblogspot.com/

salehbaik said...

Cogan kata: "Bhinneka Babi Tunggal Ikat" (Bahasa Jawa Kuno)
"Bertatu dalam kemiskinan"

Ideologi: Pacat yang silap

Lagu: Indonesia Miskin


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(Di curi dari Bahasa Melayu)

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- Presidento
Susilololo Bodo Yudhoyonoi

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- Diisytiharkan 17 Ogos 1945, sebelumnya: DiHina Belanda
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Rupiah Indonesial ditiru daripada RUPEE India
Indonesial Maling, nama mata wang pun mahu ditiru
Maling sungguh Indonesial ni, memang sial.
Hina Sungguh Matawang Rupiah Indon ni
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Rob Baiton said...

Saleh Baik...

Thanks for dropping by and leaving the exact same comment as Soekarno is Hitler. Either you are the same person or you have no creativity.

It would seem that Saleh is not so baik after all when one considers that there are no redeeming features or elements to either of your comments.

But hey, thanks for driving up my visitor stats.

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